It could be a broken heart, a meeting gone terribly wrong, a failed test, or a fight with your best friend. Whatever it is, you’re having a bad day. Bad days are the hardest to dig yourself out of, and sometimes the only solution is to bake your way out of them. Thankfully, there’s a never-ending list of things to bake when you’re sad.
When I was a little girl, there was always a supply of chocolate chip cookie dough in the refrigerator. If my mom or I had a bad day, that cookie dough was in the oven in seconds. A warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie with a huge glass of milk was the only thing that would ultimately cure us of our bad day blues.
Now that I’m older, and finally learned how to bake, I have expanded my sweet tooth selections beyond premade chocolate chip cookie dough. There’s something about indulging in a sweet, warm, decadent dessert that completely lifts away the sadness, reminding you that is was just one bad day. The next time you’re feeling sad, no matter what the reason, just turn on your oven, and start baking one of these delicious goodies. With every bite, you can remind yourself that tomorrow will be a better day.
1. Soft And Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
You knew this was going to be the first one, didn’t you? My
love for chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven only grew exponentially
with this extra soft and chewy version from Averie
Cooks. It's positively drool-worthy.
2. Beer Brownies
What makes a brownie even better on a bad day? Beer. These
beer brownies from Joy
the Baker are the perfect combination of chocolate and beer to help you
erase any bad memory from the day...especially when paired with a couple cold
3. Homemade Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies
I used to turn to Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies during
lunch in high school when I needed a little pick-me-up after a particularly
rough chemistry test. Averie
Cooks is here to save the day with a homemade version that blows
the store-bought treat you love out of the water.
4. Skillet Cherry Pie
A heaping serving of cherry pie with extra ice cream… It
seriously doesn’t get better than this when it comes to baked happiness. This
skillet cherry pie from Foodie Crush
will give you that warm, fruity comfort you’ve been craving.
5. Pumpkin Pie In A Mug
Even if you're not having a bad day, this pumpkin pie in a mug from The
Kitchn is just for you. It has all the
comfort of a pumpkin pie individually portioned and ready for you to pile on
the whipped cream.
6. Salted Caramel Apple Pie
The all-American dessert is a comfort food that no one can
say “no” to when they’re feeling down. Apple pie a la mode can put a smile on
even the saddest day, especially this salted caramel version from Brown
7. Funfetti Birthday Cake
I am a firm believer that sprinkles make everything better.
How can you be upset when you’re presented with a slice of this funfetti
birthday cake from The
Kitchn? Embrace the bright and cheery sprinkles! It doesn’t even have to be
8. Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae
I am trying to stop myself from running to the kitchen to
bake this gooey chocolate skillet cake from Willow
Bird Baking right this second. Just
the idea of something so gooey and packed with chocolate brings a smile to my
face. Bake it up, and dig in while it’s still hot!
9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cake
This sprinkle cake
Name Is Yeh has your favorite flavor combo — peanut butter and chocolate. It’s like eating a giant peanut butter cup, and it’s
tough to find something happier than that.
10. Milk Chocolate Cookies And Cream Cookies
I used to reach for an Oreo cookie when I needed a cookies
and cream fix after a bad day. Once I discovered these cookies and cream
cookies from Joy
the Baker, there was no going back to the ones sitting
in my pantry.
11. Warm And Gooey Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies
Simply swooning over photos of these deep-dish chocolate
cookies from The
Kitchn already has me feeling better. It has
all the elements of a feel-better dessert in every gooey, chocolate-y bite.
12. Chocolate Chip Cookie Magic Bars
How can a dessert with the word magic in the title not
magically make your day better? These decadent bars from Averie
Cooks are packed with every dessert flavor you could possibly want, plus tons
of texture. You’ll forget whatever it is that you’re sad about in approximately
13. Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes With Marshmallow Frosting
First off, marshmallow frosting. It’s a thing, and it looks
waaaaaay too good. S’mores cupcakes from Baked
by Rachel takes s’mores to a whole new level of cake-goodness. It’s the
comfort of chocolate cake with the classic s’mores flavor you love, bringing a
whole new meaning to the words comfort food.
14. Fudgy One-Bowl Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cake
Please feel free to lick the screen if you must. I won’t blame
you one little bit. The salty-sweet combination in this cake from Half
Baked Harvest gives you fudgy decadence while only
dirtying one bowl. You’ll be licking the spoon clean.
15. Classic Yellow Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting
When you’re really sad, sometimes all you need is the
simplest of baked desserts. Classic yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting
Eyed Baker are my go-to when I’m having the worst day
ever. You can’t mess with a classic.
If you aren’t already feeling happier by the end of this list, then you need to get in the kitchen ASAP. Turn on the oven, and get ready for a whole lot of warm sweetness coming your way!
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